Monthly Archives: July 2012

Inland Waterways: Day 17

Andrew Morris reflects on his final day rowing through the British Inland Waterways into the heart of London.

 

Inland Waterways: Day 14

A great day on the water today as the OAR team made their way from Bray Marina (right opposite Dorney Lake, the Olympic Rowing Venue) to Twickenham Yacht Club.

Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris put in an incredible 11 hours of rowing almost non stop to cover well over 30 miles, our greatest distance to date. And finally a taste of British Summer time!  Lots of day trippers out on the River Thames, plenty of people stopping to ask what on earth we were up to. Credit to the boat at Chertsey Lock who threw across a couple of cold beers when they were told Bojangles had made it all the way from Bristol.

It was gone 7pm by the time Mos made it to Twickenham Yacht Club, where once more we received a warm welcome. Big thanks for the homemade soup and nibbles, sustenance was much appreciated!

The dizzy heights of London town are definitely getting closer.

Press Release: British Adventurer to complete UK row after battling gales and floods

Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris ends 200-mile expedition on a high, raising funds to buy boats and inspire the next generation of rowers and adventurers 
*** PHOTOCALL MONDAY, JULY 23RDAT 2PM
*** RIVERBANK BY THAMES ROWING CLUB, RICHMOND ROAD, PUTNEY, LONDON SW15 1JN

Inland Waterways: Day 13

Andrew Morris takes Bojangles down the historic Henley Royal Regatta course, after stopping for a spot of lunch at the world famous Leander Rowing Club.

Inland waterways: Day 11

Another wet day on the inland waterways. We started out from Theale, destination Reading. Final day on the Kennet and Avon canal was one of twists and turns and we spent a fair amount of time negotiating reeds, and a few trees…

Once again great support along the way especially as we came into Reading city centre. Thanks to the welcome committee from the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, who bid us farewell as we entered the River Thames.

 

Also great to see the guys from the Amber Foundation back with the support team, the extra pairs of hands have been greatly missed on the locks over the past couple of days.

Next stop, Henley-on-Thames tomorrow. Can’t wait to take Bojangles down the historic Regatta course.

 

Don’t forget we’re raising money for the Rowing Foundation along the way, to buy boats for young people, getting the next generation of rowers and adventurers out on the water.  To find out more or make a donation click here.

Should have more pictures for you soon, but in the mean time check out our twitter feed, @oatlanticrow.

Inland Waterways: Day 9

Another day of rain and drizzle for the OAR team on the Kennet and Avon Canal but spirits are high as we’re joined by guest rower, Chris Martin.

Chris was one half of the first and only team ever to row across the Pacific Ocean, in none other than Bojangles! Her epic maiden voyage of 7000 miles took no less than 189 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes. Conditions only slightly different to those on the Canal.

For any aspiring ocean rowers out there, Chris is going to be hosting an open row day along with Mos in Twickenham on Sunday 22nd July. Come and find out what rowing an ocean is like and see whether you’d be up for the challenge. Bojangles will also be available for you to try your hand at the oars. Find out more here.

Running a little behind schedule on the inland waterways after a day caught in the weeds on Saturday, but nothing the mighty pulling power of Mos and Chris can’t make up!  Good ground was covered this morning between Kintbury and Newbury. Hitting the water again after a brief stop to refuel the support team, we’re aiming to make it to Aldermaston tonight.

Check out the OAR Twitter page for our latest position and do stop by and say hello if you’re in the area!

Inland Waterways: Day 5

Today a task of marathon proportions lay ahead for Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris, Bojangles and the OAR support crew; the notorious stretch of locks up Caen Hill. No fewer than 29 locks over 2 miles, rising a total of  237 ft.

Luckily, team OAR had a fantastic team of volunteers on hand from the Amber Foundation, who had perfected their drill through the locks over the last couple of days. It went a little something like this;

Amber crew Dom and Tyler run ahead to open up the next lock

OAR mother ship (a narrow boat more commonly known as foxtrot) enters lock

Mos punts Bojangles into lock and maneuvers alongside the mother ship

Mos jumps off Bo and onto the mother ship, tying her alongside (very hazardous in wet conditions)

Amber crew and Mos fend Bo off the side of the lock with oars/mop/variety of limbs

Amber crew Jo and Keely close lock gates behind Bo and the mother ship

Dom and Tyler fill the lock, easing Bojangles up to the next level before opening the gates

Mos punts Bo out onto the pond

Jo and Keely run ahead to open next Lock

REPEAT 29 TIMES…

Of course we all had a bit of fun along the way, and were invited to join a celebration of the amalgamation of the waterways half way up. Bouncy castle and all! Even when the heavens opened after lunch, the Amber crew worked on. By the time we were greeted by the Mayor of Devizes at the top of the hill, everyone was soaked to the skin, but still smiling! A massive thank you to our amazing team. Job well done.

Technical difficulties uploading photos but stay posted over the weekend or check us out othe twitter @oatlanticrow for regular updates!

Inland Waterways: Day 3

Today was a day of two halves for Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris and the OAR team. It was an early start from Bristol where Mos was joined by journalist Peter Crush. Familiar with rowing on the River Thames, he soon learnt that rowing Bojangles, our 800kg ocean going boat, was an entirely different sport.

The end of the Bristol basin was as far as Mos was allowed to take Bojangles, however. Flooding on the river Avon meant the Harbour Master at Bristol and river authorities determined no boats were allowed to leave the safety of  the harbour by water.

Undeterred, team OAR went for plan B… A short while later, Bojangles hit the water once more at Bath, where we were joined by a whole host of helping hands from the Amber Foundation . The Amber Foundation helps homeless young people gain confidence, motivation and skills to get their lives back on track and find work.

” A total of 8 Amberteers got stuck in opening the locks and manning the ropes to help Mos through Bath city centre. Consensus was everyone had a really good day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We’re delighted to be a part of this very worthwhile venture and will be right by Mos each day for the next week lending our support” said team leader Janine.

Team OAR team was given a fantastic reception in Bath from local river champion Dave Lammings and guests, who joined Mos on the river as Bojangles became the first boat to enter the Kennet & Avon canal following the amalgamation of the waterways; the canal trusts, river authorities and British waterways.

Mos soon found that certain arts of the canal weren’t quite wide enough to entertain oars. It turns out Bojangles is easily adapted to punting!

Next stop, Bradford on Avon…

 

 

Inland Waterways: Day 1

It was an early start for the OAR team as Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris got ready to depart on his two week adventure through the British Inland Waterways, raising money for the Rowing Foundation.  Originally due to set off from Clevedon on the South West coast of England, once more, mother nature was determined to put us all to the test. Heavy rain and a narrow slipway meant going with the contingency option of putting Bojangles in the water at Portishead, just up the road.

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Amber Foundation supports the OAR through the British Inland Waterways

As Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris gears up for his journey across the UK through the Inland Waterways, it is clear that he wouldn’t get nearly as far without his valued support team. This time, he’s teaming up with the Amber Foundation. Each day, between 3-5 Amber residents aged 17 to 28 years will be coming along to escort Bojangles from Bristol to Pewsey. Their main contribution will be opening the many locks en route, clearing the way for Andrew to make it through to London in time for the start of the Olympics.

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